The Hail Weston Wildlife and Gardening Group offers a varied programme including: presentations on gardening and wildlife related topics and visits to places of gardening, horticultural, wildlife and conservation interest.
At the October AGM previous members will be invited to re-join and any newcomers who are interested in joining for the first time will also be welcome. The cost will be the same as last year, £7. Until then we will ask everyone to pay just £2 per session with the exception of the Garden Safari and some visits to other sites.
If you wish to become a member, be added to our email list or have any queries, please contact the Secretary, Liz Bacon on HWWGG@yahoo.com or telephone Communications Officer, Ruth Easom on 01480 217034.
Changing Covid restrictions may require us to alter the programme and any changes will be communicated by email in advance of the date. All face to face events will be arranged in a covid-safe way with details forwarded prior to each event.
Provisional Programme, 2021
Tuesday, 6 April, 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start, Village Hall, THE ANIMAL EXPERIENCE plus raffle. A one hour talk and hands-on experience with a variety of animals including owls, meerkat, pygmy hedgehog, sugar glider and chinchilla. Children over 8 years old will be welcome. If we are unable to meet at the village hall the session will be held online via Zoom. £2 per person.
Tuesday, 4 May, GAYNES LODGE FARM, FARM VISIT. A 1100 acre mixed arable and dairy farm, with a herd of 360 cows. David and Kevin Herdman will talk about the family farm and farming today with a chance to see the robotic milking machines. Meet 7pm at the farm, visit approximately two hours. Please bring suitable footwear. Plenty of parking available. Gaynes Lodge Farm Great Staughton ST NEOTS Cambridgeshire PE19 5DJ. £2 per person.
Friday, 11 June, 7pm – 9.15pm GARDEN SAFARI. Our ever popular, sociable and inspiring ‘safari’ of village gardens. Details to be announced nearer the date. £8 per person which includes liquid refreshment at the beginning and end of the tour.
June, exact date and venue to be confirmed, PLANT SALE, Another popular event. Please remember us when you start your growing season and gardening in earnest. All donated plants gratefully received! Free event and please spend freely!
TBC Tuesday, 6 July, CHILLI FARM: Edible Ornamentals, Cherwood Ranch, Blue Bells, Chawston, MK44 3BL. Tour and tutorial in growing the best chillies and learn about some interesting chilli facts. You will go on a guided tour of the nursery to see lots of different varieties growing and to see how chillies are grown commercially. We will finish with a tasting sensation of delicious gourmet products. 7pm – 9.30pm. Minimum group size: 10 people. If we are unable to attend the Chilli Farm a session will be held online via Zoom. £6 per person for the visit.
Tuesday, 3 August, GARDEN VISIT Details TBC. We are currently investigating a selection of super gardens to visit and will confirm as soon as possible. Cost to be confirmed.
Tuesday, 7 September, Village Hall 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start, GARDEN REDESIGN with Andrew Sankey. Another favourite with our group, Andrew will offer us an informative talk and tips to inspire us to make those change to our gardens that we have been thinking about for ages. If we are unable to meet at the village hall the session will be held online via Zoom. £2 per person.
Tuesday, 5 October, Village Hall 7pm start for AGM with a free glass of wine, followed by presentation: WILD SRI LANKA, Jo Thomas. Jo will show you what this beautiful island has to offer when it comes to all things wild and will take us on a journey from the Highlands through tropical forests turtle beaches. Find out about endemic birds Like the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie and difficult to see mammals, like Fishing Cat. Sri Lanka has large elephant gatherings and is one of the best places to see the Blue Whale. If we are unable to meet at the village hall the session will be held online via Zoom. £2 per person.
Tuesday, 2 November, Village Hall 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start, MOTHS AND BUTTERFLIES IN HUNTINGDONSHIRE with Martin Davies. This talk will look at the huge diversity of species found in gardens, woods and other natural habitats in our local area and what we can do to protect them. If we are unable to meet at the village hall the session will be held online via Zoom. Members £1, non-members £2. Plus raffle.
Tuesday, 7 December, Village Hall 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. THE 12-MONTH GARDEN – COLOUR ALL YEAR ROUND with Geoff Hodge. Geoff has been a big hit with us in the past and we can look forward to him giving us inspiration for the next gardening year. You will also benefit from festive refreshment.
If we are unable to meet at the village hall the session will be held online via Zoom. Members £1, non-members £2.